Forest Service Seeks Public Input on New Proposed Wireless Communications Tower East of Rimrock Lake

Release Date: Jan 7, 2022

Naches Ranger District staff are evaluating a proposal to construct a new Cingular (formerly AT&T) Wireless Communication Tower as part of the FirstNet network to address fundamental gaps in service that have been identified with the communication systems relied upon by first responders and the public.

The proposed location for the communications tower is at the Jumpoff Lookout site, adjacent to Forest Service Road #1302, approximately 55 miles west of Yakima. A 195-foot self-support lattice tower is proposed with an array of antennas and equipment within an 80 x 80-foot fenced-in compound, and adjacent ground mounted solar panels.

The new communications tower would provide improved wireless coverage to customers and first responders in Yakima County and surrounding mountainous areas, along US Highway 12. This would extend AT&T coverage to the west of Rimrock Lake.

Public comments about the proposal should be submitted electronically via the project webpage here:
fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60962
or mailed to the Naches Ranger Station, 10237 US-12, Naches, WA 98937.

Comments that provide additional information or help the Forest Service in identifying potential issues or concerns on the proposal will be most useful if received before February 5, 2022.

Additional project detail, including the project scoping letter, maps, and photo simulations of the tower are available on the project webpage.

Communication tower simulation

The photo depicts a simulation of the initial wireless communications tower design that provides a good representation of the proposed location and general tower design and height. It differs slightly from the final, current design in that the microwave antennas and final solar panel design are not shown in this simulation. Credit: H. Borris, Wireless Policy Group, LLC. (February 12, 2020)


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